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Ryan Hall to run 2011 Boston Marathon

Posted by Matt Pepin, BostonGlobe.com Staff  December 1, 2010 09:55 AM

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ryanhall.jpgJohn Hancock Financial, the main sponsor of the Boston Marathon, confirmed today that top American marathoner Ryan Hall would compete in the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Hall had been deciding between Boston and London for his spring marathon choice. Last spring, he set an American record with his fourth-place finish. He is regarded as one of the best chances to be the first American winner of the Boston Marathon since Greg Meyer in 1983.

I am excited to be part of the John Hancock elite team for the third year in a row. I cant wait to be back in Hopkinton in April ready to test myself over the most historic marathon course in America, Hall said in a press release from John Hancock. I love the Boston Marathon and hope that both my experience training on and racing in the Boston Marathon will lead to something very special in the 2011 race.

Ryans performances at the last two Boston Marathons prove that he runs to win every time he toes the starting line, said B.A.A. Executive Director Guy Morse. He is an inspired and highly motivated individual, and we can look forward to an exciting marathon and another competitive race from him in April.

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